July 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Jessica Bowler!

Who is Jessica Bowler? She’s a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona. Originally planning to visit Spain for 6 weeks, Jessica has called it home for 6 years and counting! Be sure to follow Jessica on Trover where she shares delightful finds and detailed travel tidbits from Barcelona and beyond.

Photo of Jessica BowlerFor anyone planning a trip to Spain, Jessica suggests visiting multiple cities & regions to enjoy the distinct vibe and personality each has to offer, noting Barcelona is “worlds apart from the cities in the south of Spain…”

Jessica also recommends you “sit back and enjoy the relaxed pace of Spanish life… The sights are wonderful, of course, but take time to have a long lunch or a stroll with no particular destination in mind, and you’ll get a taste of what makes the country such a lovely place to live.”

Jessica’s recent explorations include Italy and the UK. Where to next for Jessica? “I hope it’s somewhere with a beach!” Find inspiration & tips for your own adventures on Jessica’s blog Barcelona Blonde. You can also say “Hola!” to Jessica on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Photos from Jessica Bowler's travels, including Los Angeles & Barcelona

Jessica’s favorite Trover discoveries including unexpected finds and her favorite spots to share in Barcelona. (Left to right: L.A.’s Grand Central Market, Barcelona’s Convent of Sant Agusti & Spain’s Gracia festival.)

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos & detailed travel stories with the Trover community, Jessica! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures (perhaps from that beach!). Enjoy the $500 for travel!

 

Scholarship Terms & Conditions

June 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you bring to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to Earth Trekkers!

Who are Earth Trekkers? They’re Tim, Julie, Tyler & Kara, a family of four who spent 13 months traveling the world, and now balance lives packed with work & school while traveling whenever possible to “explore every nook and cranny of this awesome planet.” Some of their recent travels include Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and the American Southwest. Whew! Sounds amazing!

Earth Trekkers Tim, Julie, Tyler & Kara

Earth Trekkers Tim, Julie, Tyler & Kara.

Where to next for this fantastic fam? Austin, Boston, and California road trippin’! Then on to Italy for super human feats of strength as Julie competes in Iron Man Italy. Wow—world traveler, mother and triathlete? Go Julie! Be sure to follow Earth Trekkers on Trover to see more from their globetrotting family adventures.

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A few of Earth Trekkers favorite photos from their travels symbolizing who they are and what they promote: family adventure travel. (Left to right: Norway, Scotland & Cambodia)

Earth Trekkers remind us to “Just go!! It’s an experience you’ll never regret.” Find inspiration & tips for your own round-the-world adventure on the EarthTrekkers blog. You can also catch them on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos & travel stories with the Trover community, Earth Trekkers! We can’t wait to see more of your adventures. Enjoy the $500 for travel!

 

Scholarship Terms & Conditions

June 2016 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you bring to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the June Trover Travel Scholarship to Eat Sleep Shoot Travel!

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Who is Eat Sleep Shoot Travel? She’s a British social media photographer and real time storyteller. Her mission is to showcase what, where and how to eat, sleep, shoot, and travel – across London and the world.

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with the Trover community, ESST! We can’t wait to see where your adventures take you next. Enjoy the $500!

State Fairs: 7 Festivals of Food and Fun

Nothing says old fashioned fun like a state fair. Started in the United States during 19th century to showcase agricultural achievements, the first state fair was held in 1841 in Syracuse, New York. Today’s state fairs include rides and amusements along with music and entertainment. The other great activity at a state fair? Food of course! Here are Trover’s blue ribbon picks for some of the best state fairs in the US:

1. Washington State Fair

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Photo by Quinton Doroquez.

2. South Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Elza Hayen.

3. Minnesota State Fair

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Photo by Angelica B.

4. Utah State Fair

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Photo by Ryan Miller.

5. Iowa State Fair

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Photo by Jumpseat Explorer.

6. Texas State Fair

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Photo by Brittany Willis.

7. North Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Niko Batista.

Feeling festive? More choices for celebrating here. 

We have more festivals to see here and check out this list from our very own Julia here.  And as always, come on over to Trover.com to share your awesome travel photos.

Follow Friday: Introducing Rachel Samanyi

Hello there, Trovers!

Today, we want to introduce you to Rachel Samanyi: our Follow Friday-er for this week.

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Hometown: Born in Tanzania. Currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Occupation: Occupational Therapist.

Do you prefer solo travel, couples travel, or travel with friends? Why? I prefer to travel with my husband and our adorable dog Coco (a Lhasa Apso). Traveling with him makes me feel more safe and that I’m not alone when exploring these new places. I also love the fact that I get to experience these cool places with my husband.

If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Zanzibar (a beautiful tropical island in East Africa).
Trover photo by Margy Moore

Trover photo by Margy Moore

What’s your craziest travel mishap story? Went chasing Auroras (Northern Lights) in the Okanogan Forest one time. The weatherman said we are going to have clear skies that night and the chance of seeing the Northern Lights was excellent from that area. When we got there, we got hammered with the craziest snow ever! Didn’t see anything that night! But we were able to see the Auroras the following night!  It was breathtaking. I’ll never forget that night.

Why do you like Trover? It’s so cool! It has helped me to discover these cool places that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to!

When traveling, it is most important to…always prepare yourself for anything and most of all— just have fun! 


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Connect with Rachel today on:

Trover

Photography site

Instagram

Twitter